A dinner party is great fun whether it’s for a celebration, like a holiday or birthday, or just for the sake of spending time with friends and family. However, it can be a bit stressful at times when you are trying to work out the details. Food is the main event when it comes to throwing a dinner party—hence the name—so figuring out those details is of the utmost importance. For instance, you can take care of the meal yourself by planning each dish, shopping for ingredients, preparing it, and serving it to your guests, or you could save yourself a lot of time and effort by choosing dinner party catering.
Dinner party catering certainly makes throwing a nice event easier, and you get the added assurance that the food will be fantastic. However, there a few details you will want to figure out first.
- Do you want the party to be casual or formal? The level of formality will inform your answers to some of the following questions, such as how the food will be served and what you expect from the caterer, so this is the first detail you should think about.
- How do you want the food to be served? There are many ways you could serve the food to your guests, whether it’s by placing the food on a table buffet-style or bringing them individual plates.
- How many people will be coming? Do your best to find out how many of your guests will attend the party, so there will be enough food. You should also keep in mind that some people may come even if they haven’t RSVP’d, so it’s better to overestimate how many people there will be to feed.
- What are your expectations for the caterer? Lots of clients have different expectations when it comes to dinner party catering, so make sure you voice yours and keep everyone on the same page.